Beau Dommage

Beau Dommage - with Michel Rivard (vocals, guitar), Pierre Bertrand (vocals, bass), Marie-Michèle Desrosiers (vocals, piano), Réal Desrosiers (drums) and Robert Léger (keyboards) - was one of Québec's most popular groups of the 1970s.

Their self-titled debut on Capitol Records was released in December 1974 and sold 50 000 copies within two weeks. Featuring such classics as "La complainte du phoque en Alaska" and "Ginette," the album went on to sell more than 350 000 copies.

Beau Dommage produced soft, folk-based rock with sweet harmonies that owed something to Crosby, Stills and Nash, and they sang about the contemporary life and concerns of the Québécois. The band's rise in popularity coincided with the rise of Québécois nationalism, a time when the people of Québec were searching for a new identity.

Beau Dommage released three more best-selling albums - Où est passé la noce? (1975), Un autre jour se lève en ville (1977) and Passagers (1978) - before breaking up in 1978. Their second release was the first album in Canadian music history to be shipped platinum (100 000 copies).

The band reunited in 1984 and in 1994 with all six members (Léger left the band in 1976 and was replaced by Michel Hinton). Both times, the group performed sell-out shows and recorded live albums. In 1994, the band recorded an album of new songs which sold 200 000 copies in four weeks and helped them to win four Félix awards including Group of the Year. Various members have pursued solo careers, with Rivard being the most successful.